Have you ever had to leave town for a few days and wanted to ensure that your potted plants don’t dry out?


Look no further than your wine cabinet…

Glass bottles, like this empty wine bottle, can help water your potted plants for a couple of days.


All you need is a clean glass bottle and water to create your own self-watering bottle.


1. Water your potted plants well.

2.  Fill an empty glass bottle with water and cover the top with your thumb to keep the water from dripping out as you turn it upside down.


3. Insert the mouth of the wine bottle into the soil, about 2 inches deep.  

That’s all there is to it!


As the soil dries, water will slowly seep into the soil from the bottle, essentially watering your potted plants for a couple of days.
*This can also be done to plants in the ground as well.
So, the next time you find yourself putting empty glass bottles in the recycle bin, keep out one or two to use to water your plants while you are away.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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